According to Amrit Gurung
(Front man of a popular Nepali band Nepathya), we have learned that the band
didn't get the visa to go to USA for their upcoming performance. They
were invited to perform during Summerfest on May 27th. Below is an
article he wrote that was published on
In the two decades of my musical career, I have never been as humiliated. I
take pride in what I do and I have always used my art to promote dignity,
peace and unity of the Nepali nation.
Someone rightly said that being an artist is being emotive forever. We get
affected by what others say or do. I am glad to remain affected if that is
what being an artist demands. I am happy as long as I can make my audience
happy, my community happy and make Nepal happy. My personal feeling remains
with me and me alone.
Earlier this week, I
got a call from my manager at nepa~laya that our application for US visas
had been refused because the embassy in Kathmandu “found derogatory
information on the petitioner who had sent an approved P3 petition for the
According to the attending visa officer, a P3 petition is a process anyone
in the US can apply by filling a form and paying a fee, which actually means
that the US Department of Homeland Security gives away approvals for all
applications based on the fee paid? If that is so, God save America.
We asked how we could verify if our organizer based in the US was genuine
before applying for the visa. The man behind the thick glass counter told us
to “Google them”. ..Please
click here to read the rest of the article.